Accession Number : AD1022250

Title :   Enabling Operational Reach and Endurance: The Use of Contractors During World War II

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,05 Jul 2015,26 May 2016

Corporate Author : US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

Personal Author(s) : Schultz, Jason W

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Report Date : 26 May 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 58

Abstract : The Army's force reduction over recent years causes concern due to the continuation of commitments in a complex global environment. The current Army Operating Concept does not address the use or incorporation of contractors to augment force structure in the event of a militarized response, overlooking historical dependency on contractors to enable operational reach. The Army's use of contractors during World War II provides key insights as to how to rapidly source and integrate contractors into operations during a full mobilization of the nation's resources. Contractors served as substitutes for Soldiers or civilian employees, and provided key benefits such as flexibility, expansibility, and long-term cost savings associated with a lack of pension and other benefit obligations. These principles are directly applicable today.

Descriptors :   second world war , contractors , contracts , department of defense , military operations , security , contracted services

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE